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#1 2023-09-06 00:41:17

Registered: 2023-08-24
Posts: 18

Any molecular visualization program usable with nvidia GPU and wayland

I've tried pymol, vmd and chimera but, if they open, the menu are completely black, or unusable in some way.
I'm on Nvidia geforce rtx 3050, nvidia proprietary driver, and wayland.
My system is configured as:

 inxi -G
  Device-1: NVIDIA GA106 [Geforce RTX 3050]
    driver: nvidia v: 535.104.05
  Display: wayland server: v:
    with: Xwayland v: 23.2.0 compositor: sway
    v: 1.8.1 driver: X: loaded: nvidia
    unloaded: modesetting,nouveau
    gpu: nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch
    resolution: 3840x2160~60Hz
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 535.104.05
    renderer: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050/PCIe/SSE2

For example for pymol, I can get gui using

QT_QPA_PLATFORM=xcb pymol --diagnostic

 Detected OpenGL version 4.5. Shaders available.
 Geometry shaders not available
 Detected GLSL version 4.50.
 OpenGL graphics engine:
  GL_VENDOR:   Mesa
  GL_RENDERER: llvmpipe (LLVM 16.0.6, 256 bits)
  GL_VERSION:  4.5 (Compatibility Profile) Mesa 23.1.6-arch1.4
 Detected 24 CPU cores.  Enabled multithreaded rendering.

but menu are flickering and become completely black after few second.

So I'm wondering if someone is able to run one of those molecular visualization software, or any other, for configurations like mine? And I'm using sway which is unsupported with nvidia proprietary driver so it may be necessary to use other wm?

Best Regards


#2 2023-09-06 11:09:26

Registered: 2022-04-05
Posts: 15

Re: Any molecular visualization program usable with nvidia GPU and wayland

Thanks to Xwayland , you don't have to worry about that.

If you are not sure you installed this, run

 $ sudo pacman --query xorg-xwayland || echo "Program Not Installed" 

If you did not install install this, then run,

 $ sudo pacman -Syu xorg-xwayland 

Last edited by diyfan (2023-09-06 11:10:23)


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